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This Web Museum is established for the purpose of educating the general public, and the next generation, on the beauties of wood types and engraved blocks. Our mission is to gather, save, preserve, and interpret wood types and information about them.

As the demand for broadsides increased during first years of the nineteenth century, the need for the process of producing large letters cheaply arose. Wood was a logical material choice because of its ready availability, lightness, and proven printing qualities. In 1827, Darius Wells of New York City first found the means to mass produce wood letters.  In March of 1828, first wood type catalogue was published by Wells. Throughout the wood type manufacturing history, many manufactories were in business. Among those, Wm. H. Page & Co., Vanderburgh, Wells & Co. and Hamilton Mfg. Co. was the most noted ones.


Wood Type Catalog
+ 1870 Wm. H. Page
+ 1872 Wm. H. Page
+ 1872 Vanderburgh, Wells & Co
+ 1878 Wm. H. Page
+ 1885 American Wood Type Co.
+ 1890 Morgrans & Wilcox
+ 1890 Wm. H. Page Die-cut
+ 1899 Hamilton #14
+ 1901 Hamilton's Wood Type
+ 1904 Day & Collins
+ 1905 Hamilton Furntiure #14
+ 1933 Hamilton #18
+ 1935 Hamilton #19
+ 1938 Hamilton #38
+ 1938 California Printer's Supply #39
+ 1950 Stephenson, Blake
+ 1951 Hamilton #25
+ 1953 American Wood Type
+ 1960 Hamilton's Wood Type
+ 1967 Delittle's
+ 1994 American Wood Type
+ 2000 American Wood Type
+ ? Hamilton Furntiure #17
Vanderburgh, Wells Wood Types
+ Concave Tuscan Condensed
+ Clarendon Condensed
+ Egyptian
+ Gothic Pointed Inline
+ Tuscan
+ Vanderburgh 003
Wm. H. Page Wood Types
+ Antique
+ Antique Tuscan Expanded
+ Antique Tuscan Extra Condensed
+ Clarendon Extended
+ Clarendon Extra Condensed Light Face
+ Diecut No 500
+ Diecut No 502
+ Diecut No 503
+ Diecut No 513
+ Diecut No 515
+ Egyptian Ornamented
+ Gothic Condensed Light Face
+ Gothic Extra Condensed
+ Gothic Treble Extra Condensed
+ Gothic Tuscan No 3
+ Norwich Aldine No 2
+ Parisian
Hamilton Wood Types
+ Aldine
+ Bradley
+ Ephesian
+ Gothic Dotted
+ No 202
+ Ultra Bodoni
+ Norwich Aldine
Cooley Wood Types
+ Antique Tuscan Condensed
Others Ornaments Calendar Sets Borders Engraved Blocks Cuts
+ Percent
+ Arrows
+ Coal
+ Corner
+ Cross
+ Cuts
+ Express Paid
+ Flowers
+ Funeral Flowers
+ Future Delivery
+ Glass
+ Hold
+ Index
+ K of C Logo
+ Link
+ Merchandise
+ Paid 01
+ Paid 02
+ Paid 03
+ Robosco Logo
+ Round 01
+ Round 02
+ Round 03
+ Signature
+ Special
+ Square
+ Streamer End
+ Swirl
+ Will Call
+ Florentine 001
+ Florentine 002
+ Florentine 003
+ Ornaments 001
+ Ornaments 002
+ Ornaments 003
+ Ornaments 004
+ Ornaments 005
+ Ornaments 006
+ Ornaments 007
+ Ornaments 008
+ Hamilton 004
+ Hamilton 010
+ Hamilton 014
+ Hamilton 018
+ Hamilton 019
+ Morgans 1
+ Morgans 12
+ Morgans 15
+ Morgans 16
+ Morgans 17
+ Morgans 20
+ Page 401 Die-cut
+ Page 402 Die-cut
+ Page 404 Die-cut
+ Triangle
+ April
+ August - May
+ February - April
+ February
+ First Quarter
+ November
+ October
+ Set #01
+ Borders 001
+ Day & Collins 26
+ Borders 003
+ Borders 004
+ Borders 005
+ Borders 006
+ Hamilton 056
+ Hamilton 084
+ Hamilton 191
+ Hamilton 192
+ Morgans 148
+ Page Grecian
+ Page 026
+ Page 030
+ Page 198 Die-cut
+ Page 277 Die-cut
+ Page 281 Die-cut
+ Page 291 Die-cut
+ Page 312 Die-cut
+ Page 313 Die-cut
+ Page Star Corner
+ Page Star
+ Rule Star
+ Rule Hamilton
+ Rule Page star
+ Bouquet
+ Cow
+ Fly
+ Good for 5 Cents
+ Indian
+ Jockey
+ Lady Portrait
+ Man Portrait
+ McLoughlin01
+ McLoughlin02
+ McLoughlin03
+ Old Aster
+ Pelican Ice
+ Tomato
+ Unknown Logo
+ Wheel Barrow
+ "And"
+ "The"
+ Dashes 001
+ Dashes 002
+ Indexes 001
+ Indexes 002
+ Indexes 003
+ Indexes 004
+ Indexes 007
+ Pointers
+ Stars 001
+ Stars 002
+ Stars 003
+ Stars 004
+ Stars 005
+ Stars 006
+ Stars Hamilton
+ Stars Page

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